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CD / DVD drive missing / not recognized by Windows

March 3rd, 2010. Published under Uncategorized. No Comments.

Recently an associate came across this issue, where a Windows XP laptop was not showing a drive letter for the DVD drive. The drive was obviously powered since it would open when the eject button was pressed. In Device Manager, the drive was showing the yellow exclamation point symbol for a device that had a driver issue. The usual action of deleting the device in Device Manager and restarting did not change this; it just came back with the yellow exclamation mark.

Googling for this issue let to several forum posts where the solution was a quick deletion of two values in the registry. The solution, which works for Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7, can be found at the Microsoft Support site.

A quick reboot after the registry deletions fixed the issue on this laptop.

Windows 7 news

October 29th, 2008. Published under Uncategorized. No Comments.

There have been a number of Windows 7 articles recently, due to Microsoft flaunting it the Professional Developers Conference in LA this week.  I’ve been reading up on a few of them and am a bit excited about Windows 7.  But then again I was excited about Vista before it was released, and we won’t talk about how that went.  Still, as Gizmodo is pointing out, Windows 7 is looking like what Vista should have been.  Check out these two Gizmodo articles:

Windows 7 Walkthrough, Boot Video and Impressions

Giz Explains: Why Windows 7 Will Smash Vista